Lecturer in Energy and Environmental Sciences at The Open University; researching the environmental impact of waste management processes and end-of-life materials. Background in biogeochemistry (PhD) with expertise in carbon cycling and natural ecosystems. I teach on the MSc in Environmental Management (F65) qualification and undertake the Post Graduate Research Tutor role (PhD administration) for the School of Engineering and Innovation.
I am a member of the Integrated Waste Systems (IWS) research group at The Open University, which aims to promote sustainable ways to manage waste and resources through a better understanding of analytical and social sciences in the area;
I am a multidisciplinary scientist therefore my research activities span a number of disciplines and additional research groups at the OU. I am affiliated with the Smart Materials research group and Materials Engineering research group;
Current research interests and activities include:
Lastest research paper (see publication tab for full list):
Biodegradability standards for carrier bags and plastic films in aquatic environments: a critical review (2018)
Harrison, Jesse P.; Boardman, Carl; O'Callaghan, Kenneth; Delort, Anne-Marie and Song, Jim. Royal Society Open Science, 5, Article 171792
Current PhD students:
Ahmed Nawaz - Microbiology degradation of plastics in aquatic environments.
Nara Davaasuren - Monitoring pollution in the worlds oceans using satellites
Javier Ruiz-Ramos - Monitoring deforestation worldwide using radar satellite data -
This project aims to highlight the capabilities of Synthetic Aperture Radar - SAR satellite sensors for detecting disturbances in the world's forests; with a focus on the investigation of forest transformations associated with human socio-economic activities (e.g. logging, windthrows, flood, wildfires). This research combines different datasets acquired by multiple space-borne and airborne sensors (Lidar, radar, optical) together with ground measurements acquired by the Forestry Commission, in order to perform a thorough investigation of the multitemporal changes occurred in forests.
Supevisors: Armando Marino (Stirling), Vincent Gauci (OU) and Carl Boardman (OU)
Alice Fraser-McDonald - Landfill site trees: Potential source of sink of greenhouse gases? http://www.open.ac.uk/people/af7639
Contract research and consultancy
Aerobic - Dynamic respiration tests (DR4); biodegradability plastic testing (EN 13432); PAS100 stability test; real-world simulations - terrestrial soils and aquatic environments.
Anaerobic - Biochemical and residual methane potential test (BMc - RBP); real-world simulations, e.g. anoxic soils, landfill simulations and oceanic sedmiments.
Managing for Environmental Sustainability (Chair - 2016 onwards)
This modules increases students understanding of delivering and supporting sustainability management. It takes a multidisciplinary perspective on resources, sustainability and health and safety management, through a greater understanding of strategy, policy, data collection and knowledge management.
Environmental Monitoring and Protection
This module teaches different environmental monitoring techniques for water, noise, air, and wastes; how to model and interpret the impacts of pollutants; and the techniques available to eliminate the pollutants.
Biodegradable film experiments:
2015 - Technology advisory board on biodegradability standards (single-use carrier bag levy).
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